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Project by Loogie posted 11-10-2010 02:32 AM 7029 views 102 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the habits I’ve developed over the years is to stay focused on one project at a time. This is the only way that I don’t end up with a shop full of half finished projects. With ADD like mine I can easily get distracted by new exciting project ideas. This past year I spent a lot of time making the Media Cabinet. While I was doing that I came across numerous ideas for other small projects that I really wanted to do, but I had to just make a list of them and press on with the Media Cabinet. Since finishing that project I’ve finally had a chance to knock out some of the smaller projects that I’ve wanted to tackle. This time around they seem to all be tools of some sort.

I’ve wanted to make my own marking gauge for some time. I use a Veritas cutting gauge that I am generally happy with, but sometimes it’s a little unstable because the base is only about 1 1/2” wide. In addition, the rod is only 9” long so I’m unable to mark further than about 7 1/2” from an edge.

While making this marking/cutting gauge I decided to make three different length beams while I was at it so I can mark up to 24” from an edge. For the blade I used a segment of the segmented blades that are available for many utility knives. They’re cheap and easily replaced.

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-- Mark





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RMP

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 02:36 AM

I love it man, very well done. The Bird’s eye maple looks good.

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KayBee

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 02:47 AM

Very nice. Nothing like making your own tools.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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WoodLe

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 02:50 AM

Super nice! Would love to add that to my toolbox!

-- www.largewoodslabs.com Apple Creek, Ohio

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kimball

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 03:03 AM

WOW! that is gorgeous. I may try something similar. What size is the brass bar on all three beams and are they epoxied in?

Kimball

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BobAnderton

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 03:15 AM

Wow, that’s really nice! Good job Mark! Where do you get your brass stock from, and what methods do you use to shape these curved pieces?

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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CampD

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 03:24 AM

Thanks,You got my ADD going now

-- Doug...

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Tim Dahn

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 03:29 AM

Very nice Mark, looks fantastic!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Thomas Mitchell

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#8 posted 11-10-2010 03:34 AM

Very Nice! I just purchased one similar to yours but it is not nearly as nice. I think I may just have to make one. Great inspiration!

-- "if you can't set a good example, at least serve as a horrible warning"

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wseand

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 03:44 AM

Very sweet. Beautiful design.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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clieb91

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#10 posted 11-10-2010 03:49 AM

Nicely Done, like the use of the inexpensive and easily replaced blade. I here you about the too many projects thing. I am trying to cure that myself.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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schloemoe

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#11 posted 11-10-2010 04:07 AM

Nice very nice need to make one of those myself…....................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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rin69ga

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#12 posted 11-10-2010 04:12 AM

great job! its beautiful

-- Dennis,Oregon

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brianinpa

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#13 posted 11-10-2010 04:18 AM

The wood really pops! Great piece.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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swirt

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#14 posted 11-10-2010 04:49 AM

Great convertible marking gauge / panel gauge. Looks fantastic.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Marc5

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#15 posted 11-10-2010 05:04 AM

Awesome!!!

-- Marc

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